Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 Winner: Behemoth Too Good Again

September 19, 2020

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 Winner: Behemoth Too Good Again

David Jolly’s hulking South Australian superstar Behemoth was too good again, dominating the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results late off a luckless run with the top weight.

Behemoth Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

Behemoth (pictured in Adelaide) was too good for his rivals in the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Last time out the brilliant All Too Hard five-year-old celebrated is first elite level success with a big win in Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at weight-for-age.

The team were confident in the horse’s ability and opted to run him at the same track and distance under handicap conditions instead of stretching him at a mile in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at WFA again.

Behemoth gave the weight away to his rivals in the Sir Rupert carrying 60kg, but still went around the $3.80 favourite in betting to complete the Memsie – Sir Rupert double for the first time since Regal Roller (2004).

Ridden by last year’s Melbourne Cup winning hoop Craig Williams, who celebrated his 61st Group 1 win, Behemoth had no luck in the run getting held-up throughout.

He managed to squeeze through late however and once the gap opened, he let down brilliant with the hefty weight producing a barnstorming late turn of foot for a superb victory for the favourite backers.

It was Williams’ sixth win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes following his previous victories aboard: Barely A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Response (2010), Toorak Toff (2011) and Stratum Star (2015).

On the line Behemoth defeated the ultra-brave pacemaker Dollar For Dollar ($26) who nearly looked like going all-the-way in a massive upset before being passed by the top elect in the final few strides.

Stablemate Pretty Brazen ($10), a half-sister to Dollar For Dollar, on the quick back-up was also excellent again to give Tony & Calvin McEvoy second and third in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes trifecta, the Brazen Beau mare having won the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) the weekend prior at Flemington.

A $6,000 bargain buy, Behemoth has now won more than $1.6 million in prize money and remains in contention for the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley next month.

All-in 2020 Cox Plate odds – available in full here – at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au have Behemoth at $26.

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Craig Williams 5 60kg $3.80F
2 6 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Nolen 1L 7 56.5kg $26
3 13 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 1.1L 10 54.5kg $10
4 10 ACHERNAR STAR Lindsey Smith Jamie Mott 1.4L 1 55.5kg $51
5 9 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 1.6L 11 56kg $41
6 15 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 1.8L 12 54kg $11
7 16 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 1.9L 6 54kg $7
7 7 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ben Melham 1.9L 16 56kg $21
9 8 MANDELA EFFECT Scott Brunton Craig Newitt 2.4L 2 56kg $51
10 11 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2.5L 13 55.5kg $10
11 4 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 2.8L 8 58kg $8.50
12 5 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.2L 15 57kg $11
13 3 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 3.4L 4 58kg $26
14 17e HARLECH (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 3.5L 9 54kg $26
15 2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Daniel Stackhouse 6.25L 14 58.5kg $41
16 12 DEBT AGENT (NZ) Jim Conlan Billy Egan 21.25L 3 54.5kg $101
19e GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill 0
20e RUNSON Leon & Troy Corstens 0
14 ROHERYN James Cummings John Allen 0
18e I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden 0

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